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Salute the Saints (Philippians 4:21)

Introductory Thoughts

Salutations were an integral part of Paul’s ministry. Paul, like John, thought it important to “Greet the friends by name” (3 John 1:14). Romans chapter 16 is a testimony of Paul’s love for the saints. Name by name, Paul acknowledged many saints of God, specifically asking that they be saluted on his behalf (Romans 16:5, 7, 9-15). No doubt, Paul knew multitudes of people, and yet, he called the saints of God by name when writing his salutations. The world today seems to take a much different approach. The world generally recognizes a man’s name if that man has done some perceived great work or has something to offer in return. The apostle Paul knew the saints of God and desired to greet them by name. This serves as a tremendous demonstration of brotherly love!

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Note the word every in Philippians 4:21. Every means all (Hebrews 13:24). Find someone outside your own circle of friends and salute them.
  • (For everyone): Do you know the names of the saints of God in your local church? Do you greet them by name and care about their well-being?
  • Do you care about those who are serving the Lord in other locations? Do you ever take the time to write them? Do you ever send your salutations?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to guide you to some saint who needs your salutations.
  • Ask the Lord to give you a stronger love for the saints.